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Local companies win provincial small business awards

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VANCOUVER - B.C.’s interior was well represented at the 14 edition of the Small Business B.C. Awards with Thompson and Okanagan businesses winning three of the ten categories.

Kamloops’ Rainbow Roost, Penticton’s Winecrush and Kelowna’s Central Kitchen and Bar all received recognition for their businesses Feb. 24, according to a media release.

Rainbow’s Roost, an events facility just inside Kamloops northern boundary, won for best community impact. Winecrush, a company using leftover wine making material to make fine food products, won for best concept. The Central Kitchen and Bar won for best employer.

Each winner gets a trophy, $1,500 and access to Small Business B.C. resources. The awards are for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

"We saw an incredible level of participation in the Small Business B.C. Awards this year with 699 nominations from 72 communities across the province,” Small Business B.C. CEO George Hunter says in the release. “We're proud to acknowledge all the companies who participated and would like to congratulate all those who came out on top as winners.”

Other businesses from the Thompson and Okanagan regions were finalists as well: Rambo Mechanical of Kelowna was nominated for the best apprentice training award, Vernon Teach and Learn was up for best company, Infuse I.T. from Kelowna lost to Winecrush in the best concept category, Kelowna’s Mazu and Two Hat Security were both in the top five for best innovation and The Henna Hut in Penticton was a finalist in the best marketer category.

Finalists had to pitch their business to a Dragon’s Den-style panel of judges.

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